|Publication Date||July 13, 2019|
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HOW FORT WAYNE’S JOHNNY APPLESEED SCULPTURE WAS CREATED—AN INSIDER’S VIEW. Johnny Appleseed, the bronze sculpture, was unveiled in Fort Wayne, Indiana in July 2019—the fruition of a year of conceptualizing, artistry, and skilled labor. If you have ever been curious to know how a public sculpture is created, this book will give you a step-by-step explanation of the process.Illustrated with over 60 photographs, the book provides a behind-the-scenes view, from welding the armature through the process of carving the clay. You’ll also see what happens afterward, how the rubber mold is made and how the captured image is recreated in timeless bronze.The text also provides a mini-biography of the fascinating life of the man behind the legend—John Chapman—who captured the imagination of early America with his strange garb, eccentric habits, and unconventional spiritual beliefs.GARY TILLERY is the author of a series of comic novels featuring a soft-boiled detective known as “Monterey Jack,” and a collection of interwoven short stories about the Vietnam War titled Darkling Plain—one of which took First Prize in a contest judged by Ray Bradbury. Quest Books published his spiritual biographies of John Lennon, George Harrison, and Elvis Presley. The first was named Official Book of the 2010 John Lennon Tribute, and translated into German, French, Portuguese, and Danish. The latter was a featured book of the Patheos Book Club. Tillery is also author of Yeshua, My Beloved, an exhaustively documented historical novel about the life of Jesus, and he has published three books of poetry. Tillery is also a professional artist—his most prominent work the centerpiece sculpture for Chicago’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial. A member of the Rotblatt Amrany Studio, he created the 14-foot Defenders of Peace for the College of Lake County in Illinois, and the 9-foot Jerry Colangelo in Phoenix, Arizona, as well as Johnny Appleseed for Fort Wayne and other public sculptures erected across the country.
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